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Medical Malpractice Lawsuits Necessary after Surgical Errors
According to a recent study, surgical errors occur on a daily basis in the United States. One New Hampshire woman knows first-hand about this experience. In 2010 she had a C-section but shortly thereafter knew that something was wrong. She began to experience a swollen stomach and after several weeks her bowls shut down. X-rays showed that a surgical sponge had been left behind inside her during surgery. The problem caused her intestines to twist and become infected which required major surgery and weeks of recuperation. Still, she is one of the lucky ones. Some patients may actually die as a result of retained surgical items.
Among the items left behind during surgery, sponges and instruments are common. Unfortunately for patients, few hospitals have any type of tracking in place to ensure that these types of mistakes are immediately caught. In fact, there is no federal reporting requirement for hospitals to report “retained surgical items”. Nonetheless, research studies have estimated that this occurs up to 6,000 times per year. Some insurance companies deny claims for hospitalizations due to lost instruments or sponges. Patients must file medical malpractice lawsuits in order to be fairly compensated for the costs associated with retained surgical items.
If you or a family member have suffered from medical malpractice it is important to seek help from an experienced New Hampshire injury lawyer. Your attorney will immediately review your case and gather the necessary information to determine how to proceed. Those who are impacted by medical malpractice will require reimbursement for medical expenses necessary to resolve the health problems. They may also be able to recover lost wages, and money for pain and suffering. Additionally, if further medical treatment or rehabilitation will be necessary in the future, they may look for payment for these as well.
Every medical malpractice case is different and requires investigation when deciding what to do. A knowledgeable New Hampshire injury lawyer will be able to answer any questions you may have and assist you in moving forward with your case. It is important to speak to an attorney as soon as possible because the law may limit the time you have to file a lawsuit. As hospitals face lower budgets and fewer staff, the incidence of medical malpractice is likely to increase over time. Your attorney will review your medical history, perform interviews, and obtain records as necessary in order to prepare your case.
Many people may feel unsure as to whether medical malpractice has occurred and may be reluctant to proceed. However, speaking to a New Hampshire injury attorney will help you resolve your fears and will work with you to get you the compensation you deserve. Medical malpractice is a situation that you can do something about. The hospital, doctor, and other medical professionals are responsible for your care while you are a patient and must be held accountable should an error occur. Talk to a New Hampshire injury lawyer today to review you situation and get help you need in moving forward with your case.
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